What I’m Watching Now


Sometimes my taste in books, movies or theatre is a little highbrow. My taste in tv? Is the opposite of highbrow.  Lowbrow? Idiotic? Laughable?  Any of those words will apply.  Here’s a short list of what I’m watching lately.

Bridezillas: This is the most delightful of trainwreck tv shows, if you ask me.  I sit there in front of the screen, gape-jawed wondering “Who are these woman?  And who wants to marry them?”. They scream.  They shout.  They whine. They demand. They eat their feelings then complain that their dress doesn’t fit.  They overspend their budgets then wail about being broke. Best of all, they dangle invitations to their weddings or spots in the bridal party out to their friends and family like they are Golden Wonka Tickets when, for most sane and rational people, being excommunicated from the Church of Bridezilla Wedding would be a blessed relief.  But everyone goes along with their crazy whims and gives them the wedding they’ve always wanted and acts like this is normal behavior.  Recently, the network has been airing “where are they now” retrospectives and I’m astonished that most of these women are still married.  (Side note, the same network that does Bridezillas does a show called My Fair Wedding where celebrity wedding planner David Tutera comes in and divests brides of all their ideas for a wedding and redoes it according to his, ostensibly superior, taste.  I’ve never seen that show because the whole idea makes me sad.  So what if a bride’s dream wedding is tacky?  Let her have it!  David Tutera should go plan his own wedding if he wants to execute his vision.)

Holly’s World: Oh, Holly Madison.  I loved Holly the best of all the Girls Next Door and was really hoping that when she got free of Hef she’d grow up and become something special and interesting.  Instead she’s headlining a Vegas burlesque review and flashing her boobs all over town and hanging out with three people who are, without a doubt, the most vapid annoying tv hangers-on since Scott Disick. Her new show lacks any conflict that isn’t entirely manufactured and it all reeks of catfight. Plus,  she and all her friends continue the annoying Girls Next Door tradition of elongating all vowels when they’re excited. (i.e. Aaaaaaawwwww!  Soooo cuuuuttteeee!”). I’m disappointed in her.  But I’m still watching.

Jersey Couture: Love, love LOVE this new series so far.  A family in Jersey, working together selling overpriced, over-done gowns to prom girls and gala goers.  The mom shouts weird catchphrases like “That’s a booty-pop dress!” and “I’m a boobologist!” at customers while wedging them into dresses with eye-popping prints and too much visible cleavage.  The one daughter embraces her life as dress seller, the other chafes against the family ties that bind, the ne’er-do-well son dreams if being a big DJ and the father pays all the bills.  But they’re all basically nice to each other which is refreshing and pleasant after the horrors of Bridezillas. It is delicious.  I love it.

Man v. Food: I don’t know why I love this show so much.  It never fails to make me queasy to watch Adam Richman gorge himself on 5lb grilled cheese sandwiches or 80 oz milkshakes. It’s like a tour-de-force of the worst eating habits in America taken to a ridiculous degree.  And yet I watch.  And so does my husband. And we consider eating at places Adam has visited when we travel.  P.S. I have a friend who slept with Adam.  I need to pry details about that out of her.

Entourage: Technically, I won’t start watching this until Monday because the season premier is on Sunday but the Great Guy I Married will be out of town and I won’t watch until he’s here to enjoy it with me but I can hardly wait!  Will we see E and Sloane’s wedding or will they already be married?  Or will that have fizzled? Will Lloyd be thriving as an agent? Will Drama get a new series? Will Turtle grow up? How will Ari do running two agencies? What is Vince’s next move? Squeeeee!!!  So much to see!

Shows I’m not watching because I like to think I’m above them but  I will probably start watching because I can’t help myself:

Kourtney and Klhoe Take Miami: Because I am Kardashian obsessed.

True Blood: Because I am going to start using the treadmill at work and need something to distract me from the fact that I am walking in place.

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9 comments for “What I’m Watching Now

  1. June 25, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Oh I miss HBO. I miss True Blood… a lot. It’s hysterical when it doesn’t mean to be. Like when Bill says “Sookie” in the worst fake Southern accent I’ve ever heard. It sounds like “suuuuuuuuuhhhhkeh”

    I may need to buy that series….

  2. June 25, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I saw a preview of Jersey Couture when I watched some episodes of Tori & Dean I missed. It looked AWE-some! Holly is on when I am watching Next Food Network Star and Design Star – I think? Kardashi-hoes too…I love those bitches. 😉

  3. JS
    June 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

    My friend Brian produces Jersey Couture. 🙂

  4. KLZ
    June 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Oh, I could write an ode to True Blood. Jason Stackhouse may be the dumbest fictional character alive. Seriously.

  5. June 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Everyone needs some sort of guilty pleasures, right?

    What channel is Jersey Couture?? I must watch that!

  6. June 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    OMG, I love me some Bridezilla. That show is awe. some. Especially because in another couple years we’re going to see those same women on Nanny 911, and they’re going to be all “I don’t know WHY little Johnny screams all day.”

  7. June 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Oh, I am so planning on catching up on “True Blood.” I actually just bought a Netflix subscription so that I could get started. The difference between the two of us? I actually read the books on which the series is based. I can assure you they are decidedly LOWbrow.

  8. anthrogrrl
    June 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I absolutely refuse to watch Bridezillas, but I kinda like David Tutera’s show. I don’t want to watch women being rewarded for being self-centered b*tches to all of their family and friends, but I can understand the train-wreck attraction.

    The premise of My Fair Wedding is pretty snobbish, but in reality he takes brides with very small budgets and gives them the wedding of their dreams, and he takes their somewhat-tacky themes (candy, Mummer’s Parade, Medieval Times) and elevates them into elegance, while still keeping that theme. And even though he keeps saying it’s all his decision, he usually goes with the options his bride likes best. Of course, I just watched my first show from this season, and it was all about “here is my new line of wedding X”, so I may not need to watch him anymore.

  9. July 7, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I don’t watch any of those. I really don’t watch much reality type TV at all save for Survivor.

    I am in to watching “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant” that show is FREAK-TASTIC! WHOLLY COW!

    Also? “Toddlers & Tiaras” because it makes me sick how these people treat their kids and other people. It’s mind boggling and disgusting but it’s like a train wreck you just can’t look away from, seriously!!

    I also like “Pretty Little Liars” on ABC Family. I’m a total tween at heart I guess! LOL

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